Fifa investigating five Premier League clubs over youth transfers

• Chelsea confirm they are one of the teams under scrutiny • The quintet risk transfer bans if found guiltyFifa is investigating five Premier League clubs over possible violations of rules on the signing of foreign players under the age of 18 with the quintet risking transfer bans if found guilty by the governing body’s disciplinary committee.Chelsea are one of those clubs, as reported by the Guardian in January, and the French investigative website Mediapart reported on Wednesday that Fifa’s Integrity and Compliance unit would seek to impose a two-year transfer ban to stretch across four windows, and a fine of 500,000 Swiss francs. Mediapart is one of the outlets publishing documents obtained by Football Leaks. Continue reading...

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‘Cowardly’ Wada betraying clean athletes over doping, says Robertson

• Accusation made by former chief investigator Jack Robertson• ‘Russia has never admitted guilt, lied and destroyed evidence’The World Anti-Doping Agency has been accused of having a “cowardly” attitude towards Russia and “betraying” clean athletes by the investigator who exposed Russian state-sponsored doping.Jack Robertson, who was Wada’s chief investigator until January 2016, also said the decision by the organisation’s executive committee to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency in September had “tarnished Wada’s reputation forever”. Continue reading...

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'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

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Ed Smith’s clever picks have given England a Ferguson-style makeover | The Spin

National selector is doing a brilliant job by using rotation to craft bespoke XIs as the former Man Utd manager once didIt’s often said that selectors, like wicketkeepers and umpires, are doing their best work when you don’t notice them. Since taking over as national selector, Ed Smith has been in the news more than many of the players he has picked – yet he’s doing a brilliant job.There are two main reasons for Smith’s profile. The first, a slightly cringeworthy media obsession with his education, is not his fault. And the second is a virtue – a series of selections that have managed to be innovative and eye-catching without being ostentatious. Continue reading...

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Women's World T20: West Indies show 'Caribbean flair' in South Africa win

Watch highlights of defending champions West Indies' 31 run win over South Africa who looked well set to chase 108 on 48-1, only to lose their last nine wickets for 28 runs.

15-11-2018

Nations League and international football: 10 things to look out for

Crunch time for Germany, history beckons for Mauritania and an O’Neill derby in DublinGermany staring down the barrel of relegation – did we ever think we’d see the day? That is the ignominious fate that will befall Joachim Löw’s side in the inaugural Nations League if they fail to beat the Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen on Monday. Indeed, their fate will already be sealed by then if the Dutch beat France on Friday, although one suspects Ronald Koeman’s side would prefer to inflict the humiliation in person. With Mesut Özil in self-imposed international exile and Sami Khedira and Jérôme Boateng both dropped, this is a time of transition for Germany. “I don’t want to just dump the 2014 generation,” said Löw. “But it is now time for further changes.” While his country’s federation have not shown any inclination to sack their long-serving manager, whether or not Löw is around to implement those changes is open to question. BG Continue reading...

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David Squires on … Mourinho, Ederson and all the Manchester derby fallout

Our resident cartoonist picks over the bones of Manchester City’s 3-1 victory over their city rivalsIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his new book: Goalless Draw Continue reading...

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The Spin | England reaping the benefits of Lions tours that turn tyros into Test players

Four of England’s winning Test team in Galle were on a successful Lions tour to Sri Lanka two years ago and this is one part of ECB planning that should be praisedAs the projected costs of The Hundred mount, tripling from the original estimate of £13m up to £40m – and counting – budgets are being slashed at ECB Towers. Gone is Andrew Strauss’s pet North-South series, gone is the not-so-mourned Pace Programme, gone are the Overseas Placements that so benefited Ollie Pope and Mason Crane in consecutive winters in Sydney.But still hanging on, whether by thread or rope, is the Lions Programme, perhaps English cricket’s most secret and deadly weapon. The first part of this winter’s tour starts on Sunday against Pakistan A, with a four-day match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Five one day and two Twenty20 games follow over the next three weeks, ricocheting between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Pope has been dispatched from the main England tour to get more match practice than he would twiddling his thumbs on the sidelines in Sri Lanka. Then, after Christmas, the Lions head to India. Continue reading...

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Uber driving golfer upstages bigger names at Australian Open

Adam Stephens led at one point at The LakesTournament favourite Cameron Smith strugglesHe is an Uber driver ranked No 1,939 in the world but now Adam Stephens is threatening to turn the Australian Open on its head. As many in the field – including defending champion Cameron Davis and pre-tournament favourite Cameron Smith – floundered during a wet and wild first round in Sydney, Stephens’ dazzling three-under-par 69 left him just two shots off the pace.“My mate told me yesterday ‘you’re 251 to 1 to be the first-round leader’. I said that sounds all right but I’d much rather have you put money on me,’” Stephens said after mixing five birdies with two bogeys at The Lakes. Continue reading...

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Women's World Twenty20 highlights: Pakistan beat Ireland and Australia see off New Zealand

Watch the best moments from day five of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 as Javeria Khan sets a record score for Pakistan and Alyssa Healy's half-century provides the platform for Australia's win.

15-11-2018

Football rumours: Wenger turned down Fulham with Bayern in waiting?

Today’s rumours think nothing says Christmas quite like an extended trailer for next year’s biopicManchester United defender Chris Smalling could swap life at one mid-table Premier League club for another if speculation linking with with a move to Everton turns out to carry any weight. Tabloid tittle-tattle says the Goodison Park outfit want to take him on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer, but could make a bid for him in January instead. Smalling is currently negotiating a new contract with United, in a state of affairs that cynics might suggest is in some way related to the coincidental appearance of stories linking with him a move elsewhere. Related: Chelsea to let Gary Cahill leave on loan in January as a reward for his service Continue reading...

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